Communion: Poems 1976-1998

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Copper Canyon Press, 1999 - Poetry - 233 pages
Poetry. African American Studies. COMMUNION combines new poems with three out-of-print books that display St. John's mastery of both the brief lyric and longer narrative, such as his acclaimed epic poem Dreamer. In his highly inventive poetic exploration of slavery -- revised and republished here -- his subject is John Newton, the sea captain and slave trader who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace. As St. John has noted elsewhere, I am interested in how people survive the physical and ideological violence intended to subdue and destroy them. In my work I try to be as comfortable with anger as I am with tenderness. One of the five artists who inaugurated the NEA'S Poets in the Schools program, St. John has received wide recognition for his poetry, including a reading on National Public Radio, an Oregon Book Award for Poetry, and a nomination for the American Book Award.
 

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While I enjoyed Primus St. John's language throughout this collection, I often felt that the meaning got lost or put aside in favor of language play and rhythm. Thus, while I enjoyed much of the ... Read full review

Contents

New Skin and Settled for America
18
ii
22
Water Can Only Wrap Me but Life Must
25
Indeed
31
Tysons Corner
39
Looking at a Bus Stop
45
iv
46
The Morning Star
52
Lyric 7
81
vi
96
communion
98
vii
103
Dreamer
125
iii
151
i
180
communion
208

Westward Expansion
58
Lyric 4
73
About the Author
233
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